The NRL Footy Show’s 25-year run on Australian television has come to an end, with the Nine Network dumping the struggling rugby league program.
Channel Nine released a statement on Tuesday confirming the show won’t return next year.
“It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show,” said Nine director of sport Tom Malone.
“A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing era of live sports-entertainment television — from producers, editors, camera operators, the players, guests and of course the legendary hosts.
“Fatty holds the record for the longest serving host of any prime time Australian TV show – a tribute to both his understanding of the game, his authenticity, and not to mention his incredible comedic timing. In recent years, Erin has equally brought a new energy, perspective and showed her passion for the game.”
Nine today announced The NRL Footy Show will not return next year. https://t.co/DWWi0Gox65
— The NRL Footy Show (@NRLFootyShow) October 2, 2018
The long-running Thursday night show endured poor ratings again this season after presenter Erin Molan succeeded Paul Vautin as host.
Molan will reportedly remain with Nine and according to The Daily Telegraph, she is negotiating a new contract.